Mar 02, 2021

Datanami Unveils 2021 People to Watch

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., March 2, 2021 – Datanami, the leading publication dedicated to providing insight, analysis, and up-to-the-minute information about emerging trends and solutions in big data, today announced the People to Watch for 2021. This feature highlights key community members who are poised to drive the industry forward in the coming year.

Datanami honors 12 individuals in 2021, the sixth consecutive year of the Datanami People to Watch program. Considering the continued growth and dynamism of the big data market, narrowing down the selections from a field with many thousands of thought leaders is a difficult task.

“We write about cutting-edge technology every day, but the single most important ingredient for big data success is people,” said Datanami Managing Editor Alex Woodie “I’m pleased to shine the spotlight on these individuals for the unique talents each of them brings to their given field, for the success they have found, and most importantly, for the potential they bring to inspire others and to positively impact their communities.”

2020 was a challenging year in many ways, and it tested the resilience of people and companies around the world. Amid the chaos of a viral pandemic, economic lockdowns, and societal unrest, organizations turned to big data, digital transformation, and AI to help navigate a path forward. The accomplishments of these Datanami People to Watch is indicative of the commitment and drive necessary to survive and thrive in rapidly changing data landscapes.

“Let’s stop take a moment to reflect on these individuals we believe are pushing forward each day, not only in terms of building new technology but also how they are bettering society,” Woodie continued. “Congratulations to this year’s honorees. We look forward to watching their growth and community contributions in the year to come.”

The 2021 Datanami People to Watch selections are:

Jeremy Achin

CEO, DataRobot

Peter Bailis

CEO Sisu, Assistant Professor Stanford

Mike Bostock

Co-founder and CTO, Observable

Co-creator, D3.js

Diane Bryant

Chairman and CEO, Nova Signal

Raj Dutt

Co-founder and CTO, Grafana

Timnit Gebru

Co-founder, Black in AI

Scott Guthrie

EVP, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group

Joe Hellerstein

Co-director, RISELab

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Trifacta

Josh James

CEO and founder,  Domo

Sean Knapp

CEO and Co-Founder,

Fei-Fei Li

Co-director, Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute

Jack Ma

Founder, Alibaba

To read exclusive interviews with each Person to Watch, please visit:

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